Challenges of a disAbled Writer – Inaccessible Bloggers, Author Websites and Books

Challenges of a disAbled Writer – Inaccessible Bloggers, Author Websites and Books

Challenges of a disAbled Writer – Inaccessible Bloggers, Author Websites and Books

By Patty L. Fletcher

October 16, 2023

Edited December 3, 2023

Over the years, I’ve posted multiple posts concerning inaccessible materials. I’m a totally blind writer who uses a screen reader software program and though I post instructions for doing so, offer referrals from people who can assist bloggers with making their websites accessible for all with print disAbilities, and this does not just mean those who cannot see, but people with color blindness, dyslexia and numerous other difficulties with print still I run into difficulties every day.

First, let’s address one more time, what a screen reader is.

A screen reader is a software program which is designed to turn text into speech.

To learn more please visit this link.

What is a screen reader?

When I read a blog or work with a blogger who doesn’t understand this need, it can bring forth a lot of anxiety.

If links are not correctly labeled, my screen reader simply says, “Link Link” as I scroll through.

If a blogger doesn’t include alt text in their photos, when I encounter one all I hear is “Graphic Label. Graphic Label.”

If you’d like to learn what alt text is and how to include it, please visit this link.

What is alt text.

Having to collaborate with people who do not even today, when there are laws prohibiting inaccessible websites who don’t make it so anyone with a print disAbility can read everything on the page, I have trouble enjoying the post in all ways. Furthermore, if I’m working with bloggers on promotions, it becomes a time of great frustration and anxiety.

As stated in the above writing, there are legal requirements for websites now, where inaccessibility is concerned. If you’d like to evaluate your site to make sure you’re in compliance, please visit the site shown below.

ADA Website Accessibility Compliance.

Personally, I feel disrespected every time I must deal with a site which doesn’t take the time to be accessible. I could list multiple times and places where this continues to occur but to save my blood pressure, I’m going to simply state that millions of blind people read blogs, buy books, and other products which require a website. Each time you put up a post which is inaccessible to print disAbled people you are removing a sale from yourself. Think about it. You spend good money on creating the perfect book cover but if all I get is a graphic label when I come to that inaccessible website, I’m going elsewhere for my entertainment.

It is a slap in the face, every time I must do twice the work and pay someone to make what I am to share in a blogger promotion accessible.

As an author trying to make it in this world there are times when I want to just give up. There are times when I’d love to be part of something I turn away because I know before I go look the editor, blogger, or publisher has not taken the law seriously.

I’d also like to remind you that persons with print disAbilities do read books so if you place your books somewhere that a blind person cannot navigate you’re losing sales.

Also, you must remember to put your books into accessible formats.

I’ll leave you with the following thought, “One day you too could become print disAbled.”

Latest Release…

The Blended Lives Chronicles: Sides of the Order Book I

About the Book…

SYNOPSIS

Lady Laya MoonWalker is a well respected author and magazine owner and a high priestess in the magickal community. After a drawn-out battle with the forces of dark magik, she has come into her own. She lives and works on Planet Korponious, where she is the owner and creator of an Interplanetary Magazine called “Blended Lives Chronicles.” Her mission is to blend the lines of race, creed, and disability that separate so many and to elevate the recognition of the training and ability of Service Animals of all kinds to a new level. She has just been accepted into the Blended Lives Federation and now hopes to continue her work in a way like nothing known to her before.

Laya has created allot of wreckage along the way through her dark journey into the light, and now she wishes to set this to right. She has just received her best break ever. Frank Prince, the CEO of The Blended Lives Learning Center, has invited her to the Celtic New Year Convention and Witches Ball as a reporter to write a story on the progress of The Blended Lives Planetary Federation. She will be their guest speaker at the opening ceremonies.

When Laya arrives at the Celtic Convention, she finds herself face to face with an old and dear friend, Blended Lives Learning Center Instructor and member of the Order of the Night, Derrick Gibbous. As they begin to connect, causing old sparks to reignite, they are tossed into a nasty battle from which not everyone will escape. People are not as they seem, and not everyone supports the side for which they appear to work.

As their love for one another grows, so does the battle. Despite everything, Laya and Derrick are determined to see their work to unite beings of all kinds succeed.

Lady Laya MoonWalker is a well respected author and magazine owner and a high priestess in the magickal community. After a drawn-out battle with the forces of dark magik, she has come into her own. She lives and works on Planet Korponious, where she is the owner and creator of an Interplanetary Magazine called “Blended Lives Chronicles.” Her mission is to blend the lines of race, creed, and disability that separate so many and to elevate the recognition of the training and ability of Service Animals of all kinds to a new level. She has just been accepted into the Blended Lives Federation and now hopes to continue her work in a way like nothing known to her before.

Laya has created allot of wreckage along the way through her dark journey into the light, and now she wishes to set this to right. She has just received her best break ever. Frank Prince, the CEO of The Blended Lives Learning Center, has invited her to the Celtic New Year Convention and Witches Ball as a reporter to write a story on the progress of The Blended Lives Planetary Federation. She will be their guest speaker at the opening ceremonies.

When Laya arrives at the Celtic Convention, she finds herself face to face with an old and dear friend, Blended Lives Learning Center Instructor and member of the Order of the Night, Derrick Gibbous. As they begin to connect, causing old sparks to reignite, they are tossed into a nasty battle from which not everyone will escape. People are not as they seem, and not everyone supports the side for which they appear to work.

As their love for one another grows, so does the battle. Despite everything, Laya and Derrick are determined to see their work to unite beings of all kinds succeed.

The cover is a deep, candy apple red, with the title, The Blended Lives Chronicles: Sides of the Order at the top in white text. At the bottom is the author’s name, Patty L. Fletcher, also typed in white. Above the author’s name and below the title of the book is a white skeleton key, taking up about 3/4 of the cover space.

The spine of the cover features a white crescent moon on the top left corner of a white number one roman numeral. Below that is the title of the book, followed by the author’s name at the bottom of the spine.

About Patty L. Fletcher

Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. She is Also a Social Media Marketing Assistant.

Follow her in Patty’s Worlds here.

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